At last! Windows 10 has finally arrived and the upgrade is still rolling out to users around the globe. For those of you who are not familiar with Microsoft’s latest flagship, there is a few hidden features that can help you get the maximum out of the system. Here are some to get you started:
Have fun with the start menu
When you open the start button for the first time, you’ll notice that it’s a hybrid of the original menu and Windows 8 apps. The great thing is that you can customise this by dragging programmes and apps from your menu to the side. You can resize the apps and the section by right-clicking on one and changing it to small, medium or large. This is great for those who have bigger screens to work with as most Microsoft apps incorporate large tiles.
When you right-click any app in the Start menu, you can pin it to the taskbar or uninstall it directly from your computer. Very handy indeed .
Resizing a window can be done in two ways. The first is drag it to the top of screen and make it full screen, the other is to drag it to the side to take up only half the screen. When a window is snapped to the side, Windows will show you a quick view of the other app that were opened. Click on one and it will fill up whats left of the remaining space.
Download offline Maps
This is a useful feature especially for laptops and tablets with it’s ability to download maps or update them. From the maps app, click into settings and select ‘Download or update, apps’. Here you will be asked which continent and which country you want before downloading it. It will show you the size of the file in advance so that there won’t be any surprises.
Create virtual desktops
Another useful feature to Windows 10 is virtual desktops, handy if your primary desktop gets too cluttered and you want to do a bit of spring cleaning thus allowing you to orgainise your windows the TaskView button at the bottom or press Windows key + Tab to get the same action. This will allow you to make a new desktop or drag an open app to another one.
Record video footage
Game DVR permits you to record any open app footage, not just games. Click on Windows Key + G to turn it on and bring up a small, floating dashboard. Press and record any footage you want. Your saved videos can be accessed in the Game DVR section of the Xbox app or inside Video > Captures.
Take control of notifications
By going into Settings > Systems > Notifications and actions. Similar to your phone or tablet, you can control notifications for all apps and services. You can also prioritize specific updates by accessing settings found inside the apps themselves.